Liverpool fans will get their first taste of action at Anfield on Aug. 26 when the Reds take on reigning English Premier league champions Manchester City. Liverpool has struggled with the lower teams in the division for the past couple of years so they’ll definitely have their hands full with City. Liverpool opened their season last week with a dreadful 3-0 loss at West Brom and then followed it up on Thursday with a 1-0 away win the Hearts in a Europa League match. However, they struggled against the Scottish Cup holders and didn’t earn the three points until Hearts scored an own goal with just 12 minutes to play,
Liverpool basically fell to pieces in their match at West Brom with defender Daniel Agger being sent off and conceding two penalty kicks. New manager Brendan Rodgers felt the team played a decent first half, but as usual, couldn’t score on their chances. Surprisingly though, Liverpool has saved some of their best performances for City and they’re undefeated in their past five overall meetings with the Manchester club. However, three of those have been draws and just two were victories.
City also got off to a rocky start to the EPL season when they met newly-promoted Southampton. Southampton stunned them by taking a 2-1 lead late into the game, but like last season’s finale, City was able to salvage all three points with a pair of late goals. Striker Edin Dzeko levelled the score in the 72nd minute and then midfielder Samir Nasri scored the winner in the 80th.
However, they lost Argentine striker Sergio Aguero early in the match due to a knee injury. It’s been reported that Aguero may not return until the middle of September at the earliest. City also lost striker Emmanuel Adebayor as he was sold to Spurs. It looks like Dzeko and Aguero’s Argentine countryman Carlos Tevez will be leading the attack for the time being. Tevez scored City’s first goal last week and if he doesn’t sulk like he did last season, he may add a few more before Aguero returns.
Liverpool was awful at home last season and dropped way too many points. They need to prove to the Anfield faithful that they’ve improved this year with the likes of Rodgers taking over as manager and Joe Cole returning along with striker Fabio Borini being signed from Italy. However, they did lose Craig Bellamy as he left to return to Wales to play with Cardiff.
Both teams have a habit of letting in goals, but Liverpool has a hard time scoring them, even with Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez as their target men. It’s doubtful that there will be a lot of goals scored in this match unless Liverpool happens to fall apart again. Look for a decent game of football here that could very well end up in a 1-1 draw.
Agger will miss the game with a suspension while Cole, Carroll, and Luis Enrique will likely be out with injuries. Gareth Barry and Micah Richards could miss the game for City with injuries too.
Bet Victor has the latest match odds at for a Liverpool win at 19/10 with a Manchester City victory at 6/4 and a draw at 21/10.